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Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee
Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://wardshouseofprime.com
  • Phone: (414) 223-0135
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Prime Rib, Steakhouse, American
  • Executive Chef: Bill Baumann
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee
Collectively, we’ve been in the steakhouse business for as long as you’ve been craving a truly unique dining experience – maybe even longer. At Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee, we learned what you wanted from a steakhouse and then we designed a restaurant where high-end entrees are served at a reasonable price in an atmosphere that’s upscale yet relaxed.

At our steakhouse, we want you to feel just as comfortable ordering full-plate entrees in the main dining room as you would ordering from the bar menu and watching sports in the lounge. While prime rib is our specialty (served every day), we also give special attention to seafood, chicken, veal and vegetarian entrees as well as our lighter fare of appetizers, sliders and stonefire flatbreads. And we offer a variety of martinis, beers, cocktails and wines by the glass – as well as an extensive list of 500 wines by the bottle, all at a fair price.

We hope you’ll dine with us soon!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was good (even though I've never had carpaccio that thick or cooked before) Cocktails not so much, as you don't put orange juice in a sidecar, especially when the menu calls for fresh lemon juice. Olives are never in a manhattan. service was attentive, so there's that"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Bread was over toast, butter smelled refg. The prim rib was nothing special. Once is enough."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "The food was awesome, but a bit pricey. We received a $25 gift certificate for our anniversary, that is the only reason we attended Wards. I'm not sure we would have ate there. The prices are not for your average pocket book. We would probably have to save for 6 months to eat there again."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Steaks were underdone and underwhelming. I expect far more from food that costs that much."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "One of the top dinners I've had anywhere....lobster chunks and Ahi tuna appetizers were excellent. Had the best prime rib, hands down, I've ever had with a great salad and asparagus side. Terrific service, nice wine list, and excellent cab recommendation from the waiter. If you like a prime rib treat a couple of times a year, make both of those events at Ward's. You won't be disappointed. The crème Brulle was quite good also and made up for the errant fire alarm that serenaded us for about 10 minutes."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "In the mood for steak, well this is a no-brainer. Amazing steak (5+ star), however twice baked potato was sub-par, dried or uncooked, same for the table bread. Good staff & decent amt of wine options."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "The rest of the food was good. The service was very good. The overall dining experience was very good. I would go back."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "was there a 2100. They were out of prime rib. unacceptable for a place that specialises in prime rib"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Amanda was wonderful. She's an awesome waitress. Very kind and helpful. Attentive without being a pest. The food is amazing. My husband is now on the wall of frame for 3 different size cuts of prime rib. They brought my husband a delicious chocolate cake for his birthday."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Food, staff, selection..this place has it all..a must visit if you're in town"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went to Ward's for our anniversary dinner. This was our first time at Ward's. We were both very happy with our dining experience. Food was great. Server was friendly. Definitely will enjoy this restaurant again."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I loved sticking their hot meat in my mouth. I'd recommend everyone puts Wards in their mouth."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The steaks arrived and both were done to perfection. A great selection of wine and beer. The waiters were great and very outgoing."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Wards. We saw it on TV and it looked great. The resturaunt is nice but the food did not live up to the hype. We all got the prime rib in various sizes. The meat was cheawy and didn't have much flavor. The side dishes were good. We get a better quality prime rib dinner for a third of the cost at our neighborhood Italian restaurant. I'm glad we had a groupon to help with the cost because it was not worth what we paid. Would not go back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The prime rib was very good. Sides were ok had a baked potato and wife had the twice baked with she really enjoyed. We went later on a week night and it was not busy at all which was kind of nice."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We enjoy going to Wards for a special occasion dinner and have not been disappointed. Superb service from the valet, waitstaff, and management and the prime rib is exceptional."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "All 3 of us had prime rib and it was DELISH! The carmelized brussel sprouts were outstanding and so was the banana cake and red velvet cake! What a fantastic dinner - can't wait to eat there again!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was the first time I visited the restaurant and I was extremely satisfied with the food, service, and beauty of it."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food at Ward's was super! The only thing I did not like was the salad ... just lettuce & dressing. The prime rib was wonderful and the walleye was so delicious. Both cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Very relaxing - not noisy and the food was not rushed. Food was very good."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Visiting steakhouses can be very intimidating. Most seem to be kind of snobbish on the ordering of non-steak items on the menu. Plus most are ala carte. Ward's idea is totally different. They give you a meal with your dinner. Included is salad or soup and a side, and for no real difference in price than the other steakhouses. We were more than pleased with all of our dinners. I highly recommend the lobster bisque and if they have a dry aged steak for a special to not hesitate ordering it."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Best prime rib I have ever had and great service to boot!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We went to Ward's for my husband's birthday. Everyone was happy with their food. The server was attentive, knowledgable and friendly. Service was fast and food was very good. The kids enjoyed their steaks too. Great family dinner. Will go back again!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Upon arriving at Wards the service was terrific. I made the reservation on line with no difficulties. We were immediatly seated and our waiter Tim was quick to attend to our needs. Tim was engaged and friendly and very informative of the nights specials and recommendations . Our food arrived in a timely manner, hot and cooked to our exact specifications. Fresh and delicious! I would not hesitate to recommend Wards and will definitely return when we are back in town."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our service was great, the drinks were great, but the food wasn't as good as previous visits. I asked if they could check on the availability of rare as it was later in the night. The server came back and assured me there was rare left...and my prime rib came out medium. It still tasted good, though it was quite over done. I didn't say anything because I was too hungry to wait for something else and I didn't want to disrupt the conversation I was having with my friends. It won't deter me from returning, though. I just might go earlier in the night (although I am usually a later diner). That I usually eat rare and I could still enjoy the flavor of the over-cooked hunk of meat--that says something."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "for a downtown place would like a better dresses bartender not one with all tatoos"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The rolls and steak were great. I was a bit disappointed with the crab and avocado salad as I expected chunks of crab atop, not crab paste. My husband mentioned it was my birthday in the reservation--they did nothing, not even expressing good wishes."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Have not been to Ward's in aboutba year. Food was excellent, service was good but server did not have much personality, but she did a good job. We were down at Bastile days and were worried we would be under dressed in T-shirt and short. Fortunately we were welcomed. They may want to clarify dress requirements as casual on their open table posting, we almost did not go because we were unsure. Overall we were very happy. We will be back"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lobster bisque starter was flavorful and hot. I like my soup hot so this was important. Prime rib was tasty although it was more on the rare side than medium as was ordered. Service was very good and the quiet elegance of the room was soothing. Over all a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "They cater to food allergies, and I've never had a problem. Food is always consistent, and service is always great!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Just wanted to say what a great meal it was! Food was incredible and I will be back over and over! And Kudos to Tim our waiter one of the best I have ever had!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, as always, and the price was very reasonable for the quality of the food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great meat, good soup, terribly overdone potato, less than average dessert. Best waitress service in years!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I have been to Ward's on several occasions, and I am usually not disappointed by the food. My last visit was no exception, but I should say there probably should have been a little more barbecue sauce on the pulled pork sandwich. The service could have been a little better. It took about 5 to 10 minutes before the waitress came to our table after we were seated. After that, she was somewhat scarce. Fortunately, there were other staff that were able to take away the dishes as we finished our courses."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "...nothing over-the-top. The food (prime rib) was cooked perfectly. Great taste, ok/good wine list, nice atmosphere. Good service (which is great, considering it was during Milwaukee's Downtown Dining event). Dessert was a little lacking (we were taking advantage of "Downtown Dining" with the limited menu... we had the flourless chocolate cake and a key lime dessert... I believe - not 100% on the latter). Both were just "ok" in our opinion."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We visited during Downtown Dining Week. The bread basket was plentiful and tasty. The Ceasar salad was ok - a little too tangy for my taste. A little disappointed in the desserts. The desserts offered were the banana cake with cream cheese frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Neither cake had a lot of flavor. In fact, they almost tasted the same. While I enjoyed my experience, (except for the dessert) there are other places I would go before I would go back here."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "With another couple, we decided to give Ward's a try for supper. Not only was the meal great and the service likewise, but we were able to enjoy our conversation despite very healthy background buzz. While perhaps a bit expensive for regular dining with friends this is a great place for special occasions and for business entertainment. I'd expect the same to be true at lunch as well."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I was here for downtown dining week. I can't say I was overly impressed with the items on the limited menu. My salad was very standard, the steak had no seasoning on it so it was rather boring, and the banana cake was not impressive at all. The cake was large, very heavy, and lacked any distinctive flavoring. I noticed other tables had barely touched their cake. Perhaps it was due to downtown dining week, but I feel that the restaurant missed the opportunity to really market themselves for this occasion."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Professional in every aspect of dining: service, atmosphere and most importantly FOOD!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Quality food and service each time we dine there! The lobster bisque is to die for! This time had the sea bass and it was very, very good. We are always pleased to come to this restaurant every other month. Great neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014